A while back you helped us with some questions that my husband had. I appreciate that. Now he has some more questions. I guess you are aware that Samuel Bacchiocchi has put out a theory that the Islam people will join hands with the Catholics and come together. What do you think? Did Sister White ever say anything about this? What do think their part will be in all of this? Next question! Since everybody seems to be so against President Bush and this Iraq war, how will this man be the one to get the whole world to follow the US with the coming Sunday law. I voted for Bush because I felt like he would bring the law in and we would be closer to the Coming of our Lord. His father plays such a role in the New World Order.
We are told that all apostate powers will unite to oppose God and His people:
“‘These have one mind.’ There will be a universal bond of union, one great harmony, a confederacy of Satan’s forces. ‘And shall give their power and strength unto the beast.’ Thus is manifested the same arbitrary, oppressive power against religious liberty, freedom to worship God according to the dictates of conscience, as was manifested by the papacy, when in the past it persecuted those who dared to refuse to conform with the religious rites and ceremonies of Romanists.”
“In the warfare to be waged in the last days there will be united, in opposition to God’s people, all the corrupt powers that have apostatized from allegiance to the law of Jehovah.” Selected Messages, book 3, 393.
This being stated, the sequence of events leading to this world unification includes the Moslems as a prophetic catalyst to bring the world into political agreement prior to the persecution of God’s people.
The ultimate effect of the terrorism of the Moslem extremists is to provide the reasoning and justification for a one-world government. This I believe is the inspired pronouncement upon the descendants of Ishmael:
“And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:10–12.
There are many factors that prophecy identifies that contribute to the Sunday law in the US and the current history that President Bush is fulfilling fits with it all. Iraq is part of the Moslem world and therefore fulfills the purpose of uniting “every man’s hand”. Also the “temporal prosperity” of the USA is swept away before the Sunday law. Consider the cost of the current war on terrorism, and then look to Wall Street as it spirals down. Notice also the Religious Right in the US fulfilling its role as the “false prophet” as it begins to identify who and what are the causes of the current problems while seeking political support for action against the troublers of the people by the government of the USA. (First the Palestinians and Iraq, but ultimately Seventh day Adventists.) It is not the responsibility of George Bush to accomplish these things, for he is simply a ruler subject to God’s divine providence.
If I had a concern about your note, it would be on the concept of voting for a man we thought would bring on the final events. The inspired commentary on this subject is that we are to do everything to hold back these final evil times.
“We as a people have not accomplished the work which God has committed to us. We are not ready for the issue to which the enforcement of the Sunday law will bring us. It is our duty, as we see the signs of approaching peril, to arouse to action. Let none sit in calm expectation of the evil, comforting themselves with the belief that this work must go on because prophecy has foretold it, and that the Lord will shelter His people. We are not doing the will of God if we sit in quietude, doing nothing to preserve liberty of conscience. Fervent, effectual prayer should be ascending to heaven that this calamity may be deferred until we can accomplish the work which has so long been neglected. Let there be most earnest prayer, and then let us work in harmony with our prayers. It may appear that Satan is triumphant and that truth is overborne with falsehood and error; the people over whom God has spread His shield, and the country which has been an asylum for the conscience-oppressed servants of God and defenders of His truth, may be placed in jeopardy. But God would have us recall His dealings with His people in the past to save them from their enemies. He has always chosen extremities, when there seemed no possible chance for deliverance from Satan’s workings, for the manifestation of His power. Man’s necessity is God’s opportunity. It may be that a respite may yet be granted for God’s people to awake and let their light shine. If the presence of ten righteous persons would have saved the wicked cities of the plain, is it not possible that God will yet, in answer to the prayers of His people, hold in check the workings of those who are making void His law? Shall we not humble our hearts greatly before God, flee to the mercy seat, and plead with Him to reveal His mighty power?” Testimonies, vol. 5, 714.
I could add that I believe that when it comes to politics we have a responsibility to uphold a defense for religious liberty, but there are few if any other issues in the political sphere that God’s people should be involved with. As I view things, (from my human perspective) it does not appear that God’s people are ready what is beginning to take place. I believe our efforts are to work to prolong the time as much as possible, so that we can wake up, prepare and sound the warning for others. Jeff.